CINCINNATI - Three years ago, Colerain Township police wanted to destroy a bar they say was a hotbed for crime.
Now with the help of $40,000 and donated labor and materials, an old worn out tavern in Groesbeck is set to open its doors as a new Community Resource Center.
"We've done a couple of crime studies and crime is down. Now there's a lot of connection within community that we didn't necessarily have before. We've got the Colerain Business Against Crime, where business owners stepped up and said we want to be a part of success down here. We didn't have that before," said Colerain Township Police Chief Daniel Meloy.
Meloy came up with an idea last December to help families in the community.
"The thought process was, can we do this? I was like, 'Of course we can do this.' Then it was where, and where was easy."
The building is being cleaned again to make room for donated furniture for a family justice center that will provide resources to help people resolve, or escape domestic violence.
The center will open its doors Wednesday at a place where drugs and prostitution were once common.
"This is just one of those things that… We're going to try if we fail it's not going to be for a lack of effort," said Chief Meloy.
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